UK man spontaneously flies over 9,600km from Greece to M'sia just to satisfy nasi lemak craving

Worth it.

Tanya Ong| November 08, 11:53 AM

45-year-old Darren Cronian is a travel blogger and publisher from the UK, who also happens to be a  self-proclaimed nasi lemak addict.

So much so that he spontaneously flew from Athens to Kuala Lumpur just to satisfy his craving for the dish.

Spontaneous trip to KL

In his YouTube video uploaded on Oct. 24, Cronian explained that he had seen some photos of nasi lemak on Instagram.

Since then, it was "all he could think about".

He did a quick Google search for Malaysian restaurants in Greece, which was where he was at that time.

As there were none, he decided to travel over 9,600km to Kuala Lumpur.

He had a stopover in Singapore before flying to Kuala Lumpur, and decided to have some nasi lemak in Changi Airport -- his first nasi lemak in about six or seven months.

Screenshot via YouTube video, remotedarren.

When he landed in Kuala Lumpur, he treated himself to another plate of nasi lemak with fried chicken.

Screenshot via YouTube video, remotedarren.

All smiles.

Here's his video:

Love for nasi lemak

According to Malay Mail, Cronian had first tasted the dish five years ago during his first visit to Malaysia. Since then, he has returned to Malaysia several times a year.

In a 2018 YouTube video, he had described the combination of rice, sambal, fried chicken, egg, peanuts, anchovies and cucumber as "fireworks going off in your mouth":

"Well let me just say, if you mix all of that together and eat it on a spoon it’s like fireworks going off in your mouth and I'm not dramatising this. The taste, and the smells... are just delicious.”

Noting that the dish had around 800 to 1,000 calories per plate, he confessed that "it isn't healthy for (him) at all".

"But it is delicious," he said.

Here's his 2018 video:

Top photo screenshots from Cronian's YouTube video.


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